These are the remaining pictures I had from Wells next the Sea. I like how this series of black and white pictures look. I may post a gallery of all of them in my portfolio pages.
I won’t be able to post very often in the next two weeks. I’m out in a work related trip. But as usual, I’ll try to bring back some pictures. I’m visiting a completely new country for me, which is always exciting.
We visited Peak District couple of weeks ago. It was on my list of places to visit in the UK. There are several national parks in this country, and this has its very own history. Mostly, because it was the first area of land declared national park in UK! A bit tired of the landscapes surrounding Cambridge (flat, is completely flat), I was in need of some elevations, literally.
We stayed in a place in the Hope Valley. From there we visited Edale, Hope, Castleton, Buxton, and some other places along the way. We did walk a lot. One day it poured rain and we ended completely soaked. We even climbed a hill called Mam Tor, which means Mother Hill. If the weather is good, the views from the top are amazing. Apart from great landscapes, the villages and towns in the area have a special charm. Even some dirty alleyways…
I think I will return to this place.
Here is my picture for this weekly photo challenge. It’s not the first time I post some old door pictures here. There is something about them that makes you wonder: When was the last time it was opened? This one is in Anglesey Abbey gardens, an old house close to Cambridge. It belongs to the National Trust so it is a quite popular place to visit. The road to the place can even get traffic jams sometimes. It is not the first time I take some pictures there. We quite enjoy visiting this place from time to time, myself always with a camera.
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A few more pictures from Wells next the Sea. I liked black and white for these. It might be that I’ve looked at lots of black and white photography lately and wanted to try something. The dune in the second picture is one of the two chunks left from the one shown in my earlier post. I was standing on top of the other one. The harbour area in this place totally empties with the low tide, as the first and last picture shows. The stranded boats made look this place like an old dead sea, if it wasn’t because the large bird crowds living here (and tourists taking pictures, like me).
I totally look forward to come back to this place in summer.
Taken in the Natural History Museum, in London. Lots of interesting things to see here. Children really enjoy this place, and adults too. The architecture is something special. I liked the details in the ceiling and those metallic arches. And the dinosaur fossils shown are amazing. For the first picture, I tried to avoid a completely centred view. The stairs diagonal lines and the arches make some nice geometry here, I think. That’s more or less the view you have when going to that balcony shown in the second picture. At the end of this hall there is a Charles Darwin statue, shown in the third picture. A place to visit more often, for sure.
This is another place I look forward to visit in Summer.
I have been quite unlucky visiting coastal towns since I came to the UK. The weather wasn’t always as good as I wanted. Anyhow, I found Southwold really nice. The pier, the lighthouse, and these rows of colourful beach huts are the most usual things to visit. Also, there is kind of amusements arcade with very weird things on it. My daughter was really scared with some of them. Me too, I think… One thing I’m not entirely sure about is the processing of this picture. Raising shadows and lowering highlights made appear some halos around the roofs. It is easy to fix, but not sure if I should. Are they subtle enough?
I’m not too much into Zoos. I find the animals living in those places to have a sad look in their eyes, if that is even possible.
I did today a quick visit to Linton Zoo, near Cambridge, because my daughter loves these places. The weather, again, was not very comfortable. And the place was empty. Only some animals were there having their food or trying to do some exercise. I found this zebra to be a weird sighting against the British countryside background. Didn’t wanted to do a kind of portrait, I thought this view was more appropriate. Black and white is great for the zebra patterns.
This one is taken in the British Museum in London.
I tried to emphasize the shadow and light patterns with local contrast and tonal adjustments. I applied some perspective and rotation correction to straighten the vertical and horizontal lines. I thought that black and white was better for this image. The shooting involved a bit of patience waiting for those museum stairs to be empty except for one person. I didn’t care at that moment if he/she was going up or down. Now, I think that strong person’s silhouette works well, and adds scale and interest to the image. Thanks that day was sunny!.
One solitary person walking in the snow, in Cambridge.
River Cam looked like a mirror that day.
Three more pictures from Dover. It was a weird day in terms of light, I think. Some pictures have a better daylight quality in them, others are duller. Anyhow, I really enjoyed that day. The fractured landscape is amazing and I managed not to fall over the cliffs!
Sorry for the lack of updates in the past week, I’ve been quite busy visiting Peak District, a national park in UK. I arrived home just yesterday with a bunch of pictures I need to edit and process. I will post the best ones here soon. In the meantime here are two more black and white pictures from Wells next the Sea. I hope you don’t get tired of this place. That broken dune really grabbed my attention.
I took this ones a couple of years ago. Night time city light are very difficult to photograph. There is an overall orange colour cast, a mix of different light sources, each with it colour temperature, and pictures can look quite weird initially. I tried here to experiment a bit with white balance adjustments and colour curves and this is the result. From that walk in central London is also this other picture, that somehow, I think it has a bit more natural look.
These days it’s been in the news something about how the orange light in a city like Los Angeles has been an important detail for portraying that city in a huge amount of movies along the years. It seems that they want to change the street lights and that will change completely how night-time photography in that city looks. There is an interesting post here about this.
…in London’s British Museum. I took this picture a few years ago, in my first visit to London when I arrived here. No need to say much else about this place. It is just amazing. As are most of the museums I’ve visited in UK. Maybe because here museums are free, most of them. We have also great museums in Spain, but they are not free. That’s not an excuse, but I can tell you that I have visited more museums here than in Spain. I have never been to the Museo del Prado. Not even after living for 20 years in Madrid. It is too expensive and queues are enormous. I should be ashamed…
Some pictures I took a few weeks ago in London. I still need to go through to all the pictures I took that day, these are the ones that first grabbed my attention. This was the next day after my visit to Wells next the Sea. I still had my new lens attached to my camera from the previous day and I thought It could be a good idea to try doing London touristic pictures with it. It is far more comfortable to go out with just a fixed lens although it forces you to think a bit more in what to put in the frame. A 50mm lens might feel a bit too cramped (more in a non full frame camera) but I like that. I usually struggle a bit with very wide open focal lengths, it is like if there is too much to fit in the frame.
We walked a lot that day, but the weather was great.